In Aston Martin’s present range, the Vantage nameplate is designated to its smaller car, a rival to the Porsche 911 and other V8 powered supercars. Interestingly, this is a recent development in the company’s model hierarchy. The Vantage name in the 50s, 60s and 70s was used to denote the highest-powered versions of their flagship DB – series cars.
This is what makes the car seen here especially unique. The DBS was launched in 1967 as a replacement for the then flagship, the DB6. It was the last car to be launched under founder David Brown’s control and featured gorgeous styling, right up there with the Italian greats from the time. The bigger DBS was originally intended to come fitted with the Tadek Marek V8, but was launched with the 4.0 litre six from the DB6. When the V8 was eventually made available from 1972 onwards, the six cylinder was not killed off. Instead, it was renamed the Vantage and was sold alongside the DBS, now simply called the Aston Martin V8.